Quadricentennial Pavilion

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University of Santo Tomas
Quadricentennial Pavilion
Former names UST Sports Complex
Location España Boulevard, Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines Philippines
Coordinates 14°36′33.80″N 120°59′28.50″E / 14.6093889°N 120.9912500°E / 14.6093889; 120.9912500Coordinates: 14°36′33.80″N 120°59′28.50″E / 14.6093889°N 120.9912500°E / 14.6093889; 120.9912500
Owner University of Santo Tomas
Capacity 5,792
Field size 65.98 x 76 sq. m.
Scoreboard S'portable Scoreboards and Millenium Sports Universal Co.[1]
Broke ground July 29, 2008
Built December 15, 2009–present
Construction cost ₱788,676,000.00
Architect Recio + Casas Architects
Project manager Asian Technicon Managers and Consultants, Inc.
Structural engineer Aromin & Sy + Associates, Inc.
Services engineer R. A. Mojica and Partners, L. R. Punsalan and Associates, and NBF Consulting Engineers
General contractor Hilmarc's Construction Corporation
UST Growling Tigers (2012–present)
The indoor track, viewed from the 3rd floor hallway.

The Quadricentennial Pavilion (originally UST Sports Complex) is a 5,792-seat multi-purpose gymnasium of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) located at the old Engineering Complex and adjacent football field in front of the Roque Ruaño Building.

The Quadricentennial Pavilion is one of the building construction projects of the University for its celebration of 400th year of foundation in 2011.[2] The new sports complex replaced the old UST Gymnasium which was built in 1933.[3]


Since 1933, the university only had the old UST Gymnasium, which was considered then as the biggest gymnasium during its time, as venue to hold practices for its athletes, as well as to hold non-sporting events.

In recent years, the student population increased to 40,000, prompting university officials to recognize the need for a new sporting facility within the campus.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 29, 2008 after the Vatican gave its "blessing" to the project as UST is a pontifical university, directly under the supervision of the Holy See.[4] Construction is still ongoing with interiors nearing completion.

The location of the sports complex lies on the former site of the Engineering Sports Complex that has an open field for softball and football, outdoor basketball courts, a tennis court, a covered basketball court with bleachers, and a canteen.

It was originally named as the UST Sports Complex, but the Council of Regents announced on October 18, 2011 that the new building will be called the Quadricentennial Pavilion.[5]

Features and usage[edit]

The four-storey sports complex mainly features a basketball court on the second floor with rows of seats rising up to the fourth level of the building. It has a total capacity of 5,792 seats. The main court has basketball hoops and maplewood hardcourt. It will also feature a four-sided electronic scoreboard. Its court-side section consist of retractable rows of 1,562 polyprothylene chairs with arm and back rests. Its toilets and faucets inside the lavatories and restrooms are automated and the entire vicinity is controlled by a centralized air-conditionaing system. It is also surrounded by closed circuit television (CCTV) system for security.[6] Outside the playing court, the flooring is made up of engineered wood.[1]

The main lobby of the facility features a steel sculpture named Campione (Spanish word for champion), designed by Thomasian artist Joe Datuin. The sculptor won in the 2008 Olympic Committee Sports and Arts contest.[6]

The ground floor, which is intentionally elevated to keep flood at bay, features the dance hall for the Salinggawi Dance Troupe, training halls for fencing, table tennis, badminton, judo, and taekwondo.[4] There is also a two-level fitness center on this floor and a gymnastics room. Five lecture rooms for IPEA (Institute of Physical Education and Athletics) is also located on this floor.[6]

On one side facing the Roque Ruano Building will have retail spaces for banks and restaurants.

The second floor holds the offices for IPEA, guidance counselors, and sports science.[6] The institute will have a faculty room and other multimedia rooms for students.[1] This floor also has two dug-outs and two lounges for coaches, and the Information Technology Data room that controls the CCTV network in the sports complex.[6]

On the third level, it features a two-lane overall track surrounding the building.[1] Its windows will hold posters/memorabilia to display sporting events and outstanding Thomasian athletes. The entrance to middle section of the seats is located on this level.[6]

The fourth level holds the entrance doors going to the top-most section of the seats.[6]

A parking space, as well as a covered court, is being constructed at the back of the complex.[7]

According to Rev. Fr. Rolando V. de la Rosa, the former Rector of the University, the new gym will be more than just a place for events and ceremonies as it will serve as a monument to the unique and unparalleled holistic sports development program of the university. It will become part of the Quadricentennial Pavilion, and will become the home of the UST varsity players and the Growling Tigers starting academic year of 2012.[7]

The new gym will also serve as a museum that will enshrine all the trophies, medals and other memorabilia of various UAAP championships the university has won throughout the years. Championship banners will also hang from the rafters of the gymnasium.[7]

Non-athletic events like concerts, graduation ceremonies, conferences, University mass, etc. will also be hosted by the new arena.

Taking into consideration of students having classes near the complex, it will also be equipped with sound-proof technology to keep nearby classes regulated from noise.


The 65.98 x 76 square-meter structure has bleachers to accommodate 5,792 patrons, divided into three levels (lower box, upper box, and bleachers).[2][4]


Date Event Ref.
28–29 February 2012 4th National COCOPEA Congress [8]
29 November 2011 10th International Congress International Society of Dacryology and Dry Eye (ISD & DE) [9]
16–18 November 2011 7th Quacquarelli Symonds—Asia Pacific Professional Leaders in Education (QS-Apple) Conference and Exhibition [10]
1 October 2011 Gawad Kalinga 8th Anniversary [11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Henson, J. (2012-02-12). "Thumbs up for new UST gym". The Philippine Star. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  2. ^ a b UST starts new gymnasium construction due at 400th anniversary, retrieved 28 January 2010
  3. ^ 78-year-old gymnasium demolished; paves way for construction of alumni center. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Vatican OKs P800-M UST sports complex, retrieved 28 January 2010
  5. ^ Robillos, A.J. (2011-11-18). "UST Sports Complex is now 'Quadricentennial Pavilion'". The Varsitarian. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g The Quadricentennial Pavilion: A closer look at the new 'Tigers' lair', Retrieved 11 May 2012
  7. ^ a b c UST gets a new gym, Retrieved 28 January 2010
  8. ^ COCOPEA holds congress at UST, retrieved 6 March 2012
  9. ^ 10th International Congress of ISD & DE 11/29/2011, retrieved 16 May 2012
  10. ^ UST hosts international education conference, retrieved 20 December 2011
  11. ^ Campus hosts Gawad Kalinga anniversary, retrieved 1 October 2011